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15
Oct

Going Back to Work after Addiction Treatment

Completing a treatment program for drug or alcohol addiction is a great accomplishment. But now it is time to return to work, and you are feeling nervous about making the transition. Returning to work, whether you are going back to the job you had before or starting a new one, is a big step. Be...
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07
Oct

Urge Surfing to Help Manage Cravings in Recovery

The journey through recovery has many ups and downs, times when you’ll feel confident and powerful and times when you’ll feel like relapse is imminent. Much like riding waves as a surfer, cravings and urges to use can swell up and come crashing down on you. How do you deal with that? One approach is...
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22
Sep

Do You Know the Difference Between Enabling and Supporting?

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a dangerous chronic disease that changes the way a person behaves, feels, and thinks. It is painful to watch a loved one struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction. You instinctively want to help, to fix things. But nothing you have done has helped. You feel powerless. Unfortunately, helping...
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17
Sep

Six Books on Mindfulness to Enjoy in Recovery

Being in recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction is a lifelong process. Each coping skill and tool learned along the way contributes to your sobriety. One skill to add to your toolkit is mindfulness. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment without any judgment. To learn...
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10
Sep

Does Marijuana Really Affect Brain Function?

Under the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. Schedule I substances have a high potential for abuse and currently do not have any accepted medical use. Despite this fact, as of August 2022, marijuana has been legalized for medical use in 38 states and for recreational purposes in 19...
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24
Aug

What is a Blackout Period in Addiction Recovery?

When a person chooses a treatment center for addiction, they have taken a big step toward changing their life. Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction takes hard work and commitment. The individual must be willing to make all the necessary changes to become sober. Once they arrive at their residential treatment center, one of the...
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12
Aug

What is Creative Arts Therapy?

Creative arts therapy is a powerful tool for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is often a symptom of unprocessed emotions or trauma that the person uses drugs or alcohol to escape. Recovery requires the hard work of facing those experiences and emotions and learning how to manage them in a...
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29
Jul

What Are the Risk Factors for Addiction?

Anyone can develop a drug or alcohol addiction regardless of their beliefs, social status, background, or ethnicity. It can be hard to understand why one person is more susceptible to addiction than another. Research shows biological and personal factors make some people more prone to developing a substance use disorder. Addiction Risk Factors & Prevention...
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23
Jun

Nine Ways to Manage Stress in Addiction Recovery

Stress is unavoidable. It is a part of everyone’s life. But if you are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, stress can cause relapse. Knowing healthy ways to manage stress is crucial to maintaining your sobriety. Addiction & Stress When a person uses drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, their brain releases...
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